Originally Posted by Poly
Really are those %age comparisons valid?
I would have guessed that etec had at least a 10% market share across the range of engines they sell (i.e. 30+HP). 0.1% of vehicles on the roads are electric. There are still major issues which prevent most people adopting electric cars (battery life, recharge time, distance between charges, long term resale value). I'm not aware of ETEC's being regarded as "risky new tech" by most people.
Its not like etecs are "THAT" different to 4 strokes anyway they still mix petrol and air, squeeze it and explode it with a well timed spark. And to my understanding Etecs are not that different to Optimax, HPDI, TLDI engines so there will be plenty of engineers around that have experience of this type of tech even if BRP were no longer around.
I'd think 1 in 10 engines in use being an etec is wildly optimistic .
If they were 'that' good then maybe they'd get the share up - but it is a marmite thing like I said . I have no 'problem' with them or anyone that has one ( I said I drove a bot with one - great sound pick up, responsiveness etc ) ,but I choose how I spend my money and for me its an efi 4 stroke everytime .
Etecs aren't 'that' different - but they stand out as a different tech to the way ALL the biggest UK suppliers have gone.
I've owned 3 Johnson 2 strokes ( 2 from new) and trust Mike Vincent totally to sort any problems out - but just not for me ( unless anyone wants to pay the money for a new 25 with PTT & elec start for me ? )
Weight wise I cant even work out the code on the chart ;
whats a 25 elec start PTT long shaft weigh ?